random number including 1 - i.e. [0,1]
ebonak at hotmail.com
Tue Jun 9 19:53:22 EDT 2009
Gabriel Genellina wrote:
> En Tue, 09 Jun 2009 18:33:39 -0300, Esmail <ebonak at hotmail.com> escribió:
>> random.random() will generate a random value in the range [0, 1).
>> Is there an easy way to generate random values in the range [0, 1]?
>> I.e., including 1?
> I think you shouldn't worry about that - the difference may be as small
> as 2**-53, or 0.0000000000000001
Ok, that's what I thought ...
> random() guarantees a semi-open interval (could return 0, but never 1).
> But once you start to operate with the numbers, the limits become fuzzy.
> a<b & n>0 => n.a<n.b
> The above holds for real numbers but not always for floating point
> arithmetic, so one cannot guarantee the semi-open interval anymore:
> py> a=10.0
> py> b=11.0
> py> z = 0.9999999999999999 # assume random.random returned this
> py> z<1
> py> a+(b-a)*z < b # the expression used for uniform(a,b)
> py> a+(b-a)*z
> The docs are already updated to reflect this:
Thanks for the information Gabriel,
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